Featured BBC News - thefts of Hybrid Catalytic Converters

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    Interesting. Seems the Gen 2 converters have the highest street value....

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    Does Gen 2 have 2 Catalytic Converters? One of the 2 on a Gen 4 looks like it's way down behind the engine, so may be harder to steal?
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    I would suggest the Prius diagram is that of a Prius Gen 4 and the highlighted catalytic converter in no way represents the Gen 2 cat design.

    I have attached a copy of my catalytic converter in a custom designed cage harness - cost a bomb to put together, but won’t be easy to slice through with a razor saw - but I digress;

    I’ve supplied the picture to highlight the proximity of the 2 cat pods and how easy it is for immoral criminals to easily harvest them from under a Gen 2 and make a quick criminal financial killing.

    They’re jacking up Gen 2s in the UK with quick release portable jacks, slicing through and removing these 2 pods in under 90 seconds - literally always unchallenged



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    What's the goop? It looks like there's goop.
     
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    Yes, it was a Gen 4 diagram - I'm thinking that it'd be harder to remove at least the first one. Maybe.
     
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    It’s some kind of high heat resistant bonding paste, used to ensure those parts don’t rattle or vibrate (or resonate).

    The whole kaboodle works, and it works well.
    Crucially, I suspect I’ve been targeted a fair few times when parked in obscure places, but NOBODY has even ventured to steal my cat.

    Too much hassle. And that was the whole idea


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